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When I visited my family in Pennsylvania in 2009, I stopped at Bakers’ Cemetery, a little graveyard carved out of one side of a farmer’s field. This little cemetery was less than 2 miles from my childhood home, but I had never set foot inside the gate. The cemetery is tiny but well-taken care of, and there is even a relatively new cremation garden. A stroll through the cemetery shows the German ancestry of the settlers in the area, descendants of whom still live nearby. I saw Leibs, Brindles, Shumbergers. Some of the older tombstones are inscribed in German. One of these, paired with its neighbor, caught my attention. Brindle is a surname that you still find in the local area, and there is at least one Brindle Road. The older of the tombstones lamented in German the death of Georg Brentel, German immigrant.

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Georg Brentel

All around that tombstone were the ones for his relatives and descendants, with the Anglicized surname Brindle. I suspect this tombstone might have been for his wife, but it is hard to be sure, because the name George was used in multiple generations.

Elizabeth Brindle

And here are some other Brentels turned Brindles that stand on either side of Georg Brentel’s tombstone.

Our Mother Ann Brindle

George Brindle

Sarah Brindle

There are also other Brindle tombstones scattered throughout the cemetery.

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